Opening: Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Karen Cohen, CinCinFang, M. Alexander Gray, Wanjin Kim, Janie McGee and Dilip Sheth all open new solo exhibitions at Hill Center Galleries on June 26, 2019. The opening reception with the artists is Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm and is free and open to the public. Exhibitions run through September 8, 2019.
Karen Cohen: A She Thing (photography)
I have long contemplated issues of equality for women, which started for me when the first issue of MS magazine hit the stands in 1971. Now, how many decades later (?), we still have to fight to hold onto rights, and work for equality across the board for all women. Using the song by Salt-N-Pepa called, ‘Ain’t Nuthin but a She Thing’ as my inspiration, I present this collection of women centric images and ideas and words.” – Karen Cohen
Karen Cohen graduated high school and enrolled in the Germain School of Photography in NYC and completed the two year certification course in Professional Photography. Forty years later, her camera is always with her to capture moments that are rare and common, ordinary and extraordinary. Her past experience in darkroom color and black and white photo printing enables her to digitally manipulate images to produce various effects, adding subtracting and layering.
Versatile in landscape, documentary, portraits, live performance, publicity, commercial, architecture and candid photographs, Cohen’s work has been published in various magazines such as Trouser Press, Rock Scene, Charlotte Taste, the Hill Rag, and more. Her rock and roll photo-journals in New Jersey’s music/trade magazine, the Aquarian Weekly, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library archives in 2012.
Karen Cohen is a photojournalist, art curator, co-chair and member of Capitol Hill Art League, The Center for Fine Art Photography, and Women’s Caucus for the Arts/DC Chapter. Her hobbies include travel, organic gardening, rock and roll, and volunteering in the DC community.
CinCin Fang: A Collection (paintings)
“I set up a still life to make an interesting painting, first and foremost. The way for me to do that is to paint things that I relate to and find interesting. Maybe it’s an object that recalls my Chinese-American heritage, or features a new texture. Maybe I’m translating concerns about my poor eyesight, or wondering if I’m really an orange or not. All parts of this collection are a piece of me that I hope will resonate with you.” – CinCin Fang
CinCin Fang is a traditional artist based in Arlington, Virginia, working in oil, watercolor, ink, acrylic, and drawing. She has been drawing since she can remember, training in technique at Feidi Artist Village in Beijing as well as with active New York City artists at Princeton University. She has continued her development post-college through workshops with various artists such as Seth Haverkamp and Bernie Dellario.
M. Alexander Gray: Woods & Engravings (woodcuts and engravings)
“I am a printmaker who creates highly detailed woodcuts and engravings. My work is inspired by the past – my own past, that of my region, and that of printmaking itself as an artistic medium.” – M. Alexander Gray
M. Alexander Gray (Alex) grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. He took an interest in visual things from young age. Some of his earliest memories involve his enthusiasm for photos and illustrations in National Geographic magazine and his attempts to trace them. In elementary school, Alex enjoyed collaborating on drawings with his friends and would seek to imitate what he liked about their drawing styles.
Alex attended the art school at Virginia Commonwealth University, but completed his education at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Since mid-2013, Alex has dedicated himself to working on his art full-time. He has exhibited at galleries not only in the DC area but also nationally, and received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2014, he began working and exhibiting at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and, in 2018, acquired his own studio there.
Wanjin Kim: Blooming (mixed media)
“Being interested in global warming, I was very surprised when I heard that corals would be affected first out of all the organisms in the ocean as the temperature rises. We will lose natural resources much earlier than expected. To bring awareness to global warming, I used coral in my artwork. My message to my viewers is not to take these precious natural resources for granted, but to keep them close to our heart and help them bloom.” – Wanjin Kim
Wanjin Kim is an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD. She has her MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI and a BFA in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Kim is also the President of the Korean American Artists Association of Greater Washington, DC
Janie McGee: Black-Eyed Suzies and Grace (paintings)
“As an artist I have created volumes of art over the last 46 years that depicts the struggles, pains, joys, and faith engraved in the black experience. It is a journey that will take a lifetime…”
Janie McGee has been a professional fine art painter, illustrator, and handmade artist for the last 46 years. She has created volumes of art in national and international shows. As a graduate of Ohio Dominican College with B.F.A. She has also authored a variety of books that reflect faith, history, artwork, and a creative imagination. Her studio See Jane Dream Studio produces her unique style of art.
Dilip Sheth: Come Into My World (paintings)
“With the use of bold colors, the world I see becomes my world on canvas.” – Dilip Sheth
Dilip Sheth, a resident of Washington DC, has made art for a living since the early 90s. Best known for his colorful style and signature red trees, one can easily pick his work from a pool of other paintings at a quick glance. A prolific artist, Dilip has participated in countless number of art exhibits all over the country. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Dilip immigrated to the States in 1980.
Hill Center presents rotating exhibits by regional artists in the exquisitely renovated Civil War-era Old Naval Hospital. Hill Center Galleries consists of six distinct exhibition spaces, many with 14-foot ceilings and 8-foot windows. Since opening in 2011, we have been privileged to present the work of several hundreds of emerging and established artists. All artwork is available for purchase and a portion of proceeds supports free community programs at Hill Center, a non-profit arts and cultural organization.
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